Urban Meyer has been catching a lot of flak for the handling of the Johnny Townsend situation. I am of the opinion there is much that goes on behind the scenes on the recruiting trail that we, as fans, are not privy to. I do agree with the 11W masses that this is a tough situation for a kid who has been a steadfast commit to tOSU for months now. As speculation goes, the 3/3 homerun of Bell, Clark, and Wilson left tOSU with 82 players designated for schollies in the fall. Urban Meyer has been steadfast in his disdain for over signing, and it certainly appears he may have asked the Townsend family to hold off until we have a more clear picture of the numbers game (speculation).
However, the fact remains that Urban Meyer was given a situation (82 schollies) he did not expect when he took the job. Meyer was "blindsided" and felt "a punch in the gut" when the sanctions came down on the Ohio State program. In yesterday's press conference, Meyer was clearly upset when asked what it was like being down 3 scholarships.
The FACT of the situation (painful as it is for me to say) is: Jim Tressel, the most avid fan of the punt, is the primary reason for the temporary hiccup in Johnny Townsends football career. Tressel, defender of players, lover of the punt, hamstrung the recruiting of the current staff by three young men a year for three years. I LOVED having Jimmy T, always will. However, I feel that Urban is catching a lot of heat from a fire lit long before his glorious return to CBus.
Urban Meyer had NOTHING to do with tOSU's current NCAA sanctions (whatever you think of them). I certainly hope that Johnny Townsend is able to realize his dream of holding the crystal ball for the Buckeyes. However, if the dream to don the S&G never comes to fruition, we need to not blame the current regime, but the old. Urban Meyer is here to bring national championships to THE Ohio State University. In order to accomplish that feat, we MUST land guys like Bell, Clark, and Wilson. Evolve or die. The Buckeyes need athletic playmakers. Lets all hope we can get our punter, too.
EDIT: Now that Townsend has signed with UF, this all seems a bit dumb. I still think Urban got some undeserved scorn ab all this drama.